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1975 79' Sparkman & Stephens 79' Sloop

$ 425,000 USD

Newport, RI, US


Sparkman & Stephens 79' 79' Sloop

It is not often one gets to own a piece of history. An ageless classic, K III is back in the US with all systems working and ready to continue her illustrious career. Known the world over, she will be recognized in every port her new owner enters and applauded in every race she enters. He first owner, Jim Kilroy, wrote about her history and race record in KIALOA, Dare to Win. She held the Sydney - Hobart  elapsed time record for many years and won that and the Transpac and many other races. Her rugged Palmer Johnson hull has been checked and her sloop rig (1978) is ready for another circumnavigation. 

Price Reduced. Owner a serious seller!!




Engines (1)

  • Make Cummins
  • Model 6BTA-5.9
  • Fuel diesel
  • Type Inboard
  • Total HP270
  • Year 1997


SYS Yacht Sales offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

SYS Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Sparkman & Stephens, LLC.


  • Category Sail
  • Condition Used
  • Hull Material Aluminum
  • Make Sparkman & Stephens
  • Model 79' Sloop
  • Boat Name KIALOA III
  • Length Overall 79'
  • Model Year 1975
  • Beam 17' 6''
  • Fuel Tank1 x 205|gallon
  • Heads 4
  • Single Berths 9
  • Length 79'
  • Length at WaterLine 65' 6''
  • Length of Deck 76'
  • Fresh Water 1 x 475|gallon
  • Boat Keel Fin Keel
  • Drive Up 11' 8''
  • Drive Type Direct

Full Details


The master cabin is aft with large berths port and starboard and a private en-suite head and shower. Plenty of hanging locker and drawer space for clothes. Through the center line door forward to the navigation station on the port side and a companionway ladder on center line to the deck.

The main salon has twin facing settees to port and a dining table to starboard with settees on either side. The two outboard settees convert to single berths.The engine and generator are under the center settees. At the forward end there is a freezer to port and a second companionway to the deck.

Next forward to port is the private guest cabin with en-suite head and shower. To starboard is the galley.

All the way forward is the crew quarters with 4 single berths, head and stowage for gear and sails.


Fisher panda generator 8.8 Kw – 2010

Mastervolt Chargemaster 24 Volt 80-3

Mobtronic battery controller

Outback single phase Inverter charter VFXR series 110 - 220V

Timerco Digital Timer

Fisher Panda 8KW generator in sound shield

3000 watt inverter with smart battery charger

24 volt DC system,110 volt AC system, 12 volt converts for instruments

Distribution panel @ salon with (5) sub panels throughout vessel

Mastervolt 100 amp 3-stage automatic battery charger

AGM batteries

Battery parallel switches

Battery condition meter

(2) 120 amp alternators on main engine

Bonding system

Shore power cord


B&G Hercules 790

B&G 2000Wind

Icom IC-M56 VHF radio

Standard Horizon Eclipse VHF radio with DSC

Ritchie pedestal mounted compass(2)

Danforth Constellation compasses @ cockpit

Watermaker, pickled

Vetus Meteo


Ray-Nav 300 GPS

Simrad AP24

Heavy duty, oversized, auto pilot

Standard Horizon Eclipse Dsc

Engine and Mechanical

Cummins 5.9 liter, 270HP, fresh water cooled diesel engine (1997)

Twin-Disc 507-A transmission, rebuilt (1997)

Engine compartment insulation

Stainless steel shaftDripless shaft system

Propeller shaft brake

Maixprop 3-blade 32” bronze propeller

Maxiprop 2-blade 32” bronze propeller

Approximately 90 gallon day tank for fuel

Fuel filtration system

Automatic electric bilge pumps

Separ fuel filter polishing system


32 cu. ft. top-loading refrigerator

32 cu. ft. top-loading freezer

Force-10 3-burner gimbaled propane stove with oven

Stainless steel sea rail

Microwave oven 12 volt circulation fan

12 volt lighting110 volt outlet

Teak& holly cabin sole

Formica counter

Double, deep-well, stainless steel sinks

Hot & cold pressure water system

Small overhead skylight/hatch

Abundant storage



Pioneer AVH-X2500BT tuner Radio

4 GTO JBL speakers (salon)

Two exterior speakers, not sure if they are working. under investigation.


Epirb ACR

Three flash lights

Fire extinguisher

3Life slin

Life bout lights,

2Man overboard module


2 Life rafts, need to be serviced

Electric and manual bilge pumps


20 Hp Yamaha four stroke outboard

Achilles 12 ft tender

Sails & Rigging

(2) Barient #35 S/T runner winches @ cockpit

(2) Barient #32 S/T traveller winches @ cockpit

(1) Barient S/T mainsheet winch @ cockpit with Barient coffee grinder

(2) Barient coffee grinders

(1) Barient #36 S/T electric winch

(1) Barient #36 S/T winch

(1) Barient #32 winch

(5) Barient #35 winches

(1) Barient #32 S/T winch

(4) Large custom Barient primary winches

Winch handles

Cruising Main and roller furling Genoa


Racing Main

3 Racing Genoas

4 Spinnakers

Storm Trysail

Storm Staysail

Reckmann hydraulic, twin groove, roller furling headsail system

Harken genoa tracks

Blackmagic air blocks, masthead block

Reckmann hydraulic Backstay, Inner Forestay, Baby Stay, Vang, Outhaul

Twin block mainsheet system

Complete set of running rigging

Inner forestay babystay

Carbon fiber spinnaker pole

Aluminum reaching strut

Navtec stainless steelrod rigging

Hood aluminum LP painted boom with reefing & furling racks installed

Hood keel-stepped aluminum LP painted mast

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